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Romanian contribution to the European Research Area

The SERA project strengthened ties between EU scientists and Romanian colleagues. The initiative also boosted Romania's contribution to the European Research Area (ERA).
Romanian contribution to the European Research Area
The 'Strengthening the European Research Area by Reinforcement of Romanian Research Competency in Genomics and Proteomics of Major Global Risk Diseases' (SERA) project was an EU funded-initiative that supported biomedical research into fields such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and ageing. Young researchers carried out joint experiments with European laboratories in order to improve their technical skills, which were then introduced into Romanian research centres. Outstanding scientists were invited to visit Romania and give lectures in order to introduce the local scientific community to the latest ideas in their field.

The Cardio-diabetology research reports and training unit (CDRTU) was established as a platform for knowledge transfer. The CDRTU also facilitated discussion regarding challenges stemming from cross-border research activities. Other efforts led to the creation of an advanced study school for students, researchers and medical staff.

In order to expand the scale and scope of activities, three new research topics were introduced and developed over the entire duration of the project. The new topics included brain research, angiogenesis and functional genomics in diabetes and obesity. Research results were disseminated during workshops and symposia and through contacts made with national small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the exploitation of data was discussed.

SERA project activities will help increase Romania's participation in the ERA and enable its researchers and SMEs to compete in the global marketplace.

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